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On the move: 6/3/11


Megan Olson has joined Media Works Ltd., a media and communications agency, as media planner/buyer after 15 years at a number of Baltimore media agencies. She spent the past six years with Strategix-NobleSteed as a media director. Olson is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Media Works recently moved from Owings Mills to a larger office in the Barehills Corporate Center in Baltimore.


Michael J. Ward, who was named chairman and chief executive officer of CSX Corp. in 2003, will receive the 2011 William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award on June 9 from the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The award, which recognizes Maryland business leaders who have distinguished themselves through innovation in their industries and dedication to their communities, is presented at a business networking luncheon each spring at the Baltimore Museum of Industry and raises money for the museum’s educational programs. Ward was Railway Age magazine’s Railroader of the Year for 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1972. Ward serves on the boards of the Association of American Railroads, Ashland Inc., City Year, United Way of Northeast Florida, and Hubbard House.

Joseph V. Murray Sr., community relations director of Ascend One Corp., recently received a Volunteer of the Year Award from The Arc of Maryland. Murray has served on The Arc of Howard County board of directors since 2002 and is president emeritus. He has also been active in a number of its committees.

The Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America was recognized recently as “Organization of the Year” by the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. Judges noted the council’s TreeBaltimore Good-Turn community service project.

Manna Food Center recently received the 2011 Governor’s Service Award from the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. This year Manna has already tracked 33,447 hours of service contributed by individuals, families, businesses, sports teams, scout troops, faith-based groups, and schools who volunteer at Manna, in Gaithersburg.

Alex Kopicki, a senior developer/project manager with Manekin, of Columbia, helped The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Edward St. John Real Estate Program win the 2011 NAIOP Maryland/DC Capital Challenge study project. Real estate programs from Johns Hopkins, where Kopicki is studying for a master’s degree, and Georgetown University, American University and the University of Maryland competed for a highest- and best-use analysis for developing Buzzard Point, a Southwest Washington, D.C., site owned by Akridge. The team of Kopicki, A.J. Luce, Andrew Schwartzman and Ryan Beible won $10,000 and a trophy. Kopicki joined Manekin in 2005. He is co-chair of NAIOP-MD’s developing leaders committee and a member of the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business real estate advisory board. Kopicki previously served on the Howard County Commission on the Environment and Sustainability and the Howard County BRAC Task Force.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin recently received the Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Disability Law Center. The award honors Cardin for advocacy for the service and civil rights of people with disabilities.

Jimmy Yerman and Brian Kesler of the Maryland division of Prospect Mortgage were recognized as among the corporation’s top 6 percent staff members in total loan volume closings in the country. Yerman works from the Baltimore County office, while Kesler is based in the Federal Hill office and concentrates his activities in the Baltimore marketplace.

The Maryland Association of Mortgage Professionals recently recognized several professionals at its annual awards program: Rick Rall Jr., of Navigator Financial Services in Severna Park, received the Broker of the Year Award; he has served as vice president on the board. Shannon Eubanks, of First Equity Title Corp. in Catonsville, was named Affiliate of the Year. John Councilman, of AMC Mortgage Corp., received the President’s Award; although he has moved to Florida, as treasurer of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers he has worked hard on behalf of mortgage professionals in Maryland.


The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber has elected members to serve three-year terms on its board of directors. Serving their first term: Michael G. Gibbs, vice president for advancement and chief advancement officer at Capitol College; Kirk J. Halpin, founder and managing partner of The Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates; Cathy A. Martin, acquisition director for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission; Patricia Schiavone, founder and managing partner of The Artemis Group; and William Stone, president of Mobern Lighting Co. Elected to their second three-year terms were: Ed Aaron, Precision Toner Systems; Barney Hughes, M&T Bank; Steve Kolbe, All Covered; Anthony Nelson, Bowie State University; Joe Palermo, The Michael Companies; Sharon Pinder, The Pinder Group; Leonard Raley, University Systems of Maryland Foundation; Deb Rivkin, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; and Josie Thompson, Thompson Design. Rhonda Tomlinson, RJ Tomlinson & Associates, was elected to her third three-year term.

Jeffrey Grip recently was elected chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Grip runs the East Coast office in Owings Mills for Witmer & Associates, a talent management and development company, where he consults with businesses on organizational leadership, career development, and team building. He previously was president and CEO of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The not-for-profit foundation is a cultural and educational institution by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Gloria McJilton recently was appointed to the board of trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County. McJilton is an associate agent for her family-owned agency, McJilton Insurance Service. She also is vice president of McJilton Associates. McJilton holds licenses in property, casualty, life and health insurance. She is the past chair and a current member of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, a member of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission, vice president of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, and a founding member and treasurer of the Greater Dundalk Alliance.

Jeffery P. McBride, of EBL Engineers, a Baltimore-based multi-disciplined engineering firm, recently was inducted as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies, Maryland. McBride previously has served as director, secretary, treasurer and, most recently, vice president of the nonprofit association, which is based in Baltimore. He is a principal and director of engineering operations at EBL.

Christopher P. Parr, president of Columbia-based Parr Financial Solutions, has been appointed to a second five-year term on the Howard County Pension Oversight Commission. He has been the elected chairperson of the commission since 2007. The commission monitors the combined Howard County Pension Plan for Employees and the Howard County Police and Fire Employee Pension Plan. Parr has been named one of the nation’s 150 best financial advisors for doctors by Medical Economics magazine and one of the nation’s “Best Financial Advisers” by Worth magazine. He holds the Certified Financial Planner designation and an MBA degree in finance from Loyola College in Maryland. Parr earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Western Maryland College.

The Y of Central Maryland has appointed five new members to its board of directors: Brian Dembeck, executive director of Johns Hopkins Real Estate, is responsible for off-campus real estate for all Johns Hopkins Institutions; he is a graduate of the University of Baltimore. Dennis Golladay is president of Harford Community College; he previously was vice chancellor for community colleges at State University of New York in Albany, president of Cayuga Community College, and vice president for academic affairs at Anne Arundel Community College. Julie Mercer, chief advancement officer for the American Red Cross of Central Maryland, was the Y’s board chair in 2006-2007; she is a former managing director of Columbia Consulting Group. Vincent Oakley, director of field engineering & services at Northrop Grumman, also serves on the board of trustees of the Franciscan Center; he has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Harry Thomasian Jr. is a partner in Ernst & Young’s assurance practice, where he serves as the Greater Baltimore strategic growth markets leader and manages the firm’s Entrepreneur of the Year program in Maryland.


Popper and Co., an M&A advisory and specialty consulting firm with an office in Baltimore, has hired F. John Mills and Andreas Muehler as advisors. Mills is chairman of the board of BioStorage Technologies, which he co-founded. He has been corporate senior vice president and president of clinical support services for Covance. Muehler is the principal of the German health care consulting company Keimzelle Medical Ventures. Popper and Co. provides expertise and guidance about life sciences to companies and investors.


The American Culinary Federation’s Greater Baltimore Chapter has new officers: president, Michael Wagner, director of Savory, Baltimore International College; vice president, Derrick Purcell, executive chef, Aramark Corp.; treasurer, Janet Canfield, director of practicum, Service Learning and Evening Programs, Baltimore International College; secretary, Emerson Wen, marketing manager, Wen’s Food; secretary, Glenn Spindler, sales executive/corporate chef, Keany Produce Co.; chairman of the board, Fred Parmenter, executive chef, Panache Cuisine.


Evan Schwartz has been hired as account manager of the toner, ink & supplies division of Global Messenger Corp., a courier company based in Baltimore. Global Messenger delivers envelopes, small packages, pallets, cartons and freight weighing up to 12,000 pounds.


Enterprise, of Columbia, has named three executives: Ginger McCallum has been promoted to vice president of human resources. Before joining the firm in 2002, she served as regional human resources manager and corporate business consultant for Zurich North America. McCallum, who has a master’s degree in organizational development from Johns Hopkins University, is a certified senior professional in human resources and an instructor at Howard Community College. Elaine Martin is now vice president of the New Markets Tax Credit program for Enterprise Community Investment. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Ed Manekin is now vice president and chief audit executive. Before joining Enterprise, Manekin was corporate audit manager for PHH Corp. in Baltimore, and principal auditor for the ARINC Corp., in Annapolis. He has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and past president of the Maryland Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners. Enterprise provides development capital and expertise for creating affordable homes and rebuilding communities.


Dr. Amal Mattu, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been appointed to the new position of vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mattu will focus on faculty development and expansion of the department’s educational programs while helping to extend the department’s international program. Since joining the emergency medicine faculty in 1996, Dr. Mattu has received more than a dozen teaching awards, including three national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians and three from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. In 2000, he was named Founder’s Day Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

The College of Southern Maryland has received a $3,000 donation from the La Plata Division of Science Applications International Corp. for the college’s annual robotics competitions for area youth. A local team that qualified through the college’s Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge in December competed in the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis in late April.


Loiederman Soltesz Associates has added three staff members: Steven Heiss has joined the Rockville office as project manager and will lead the environmental sciences team. He has 24 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree in earth science from Frostburg State University. Lori Hirz has returned to the firm as an assistant project manager in the Rockville office; she previously worked in the Lanham office for 10 years. Hirz has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Kristin Petit is now the director of human resources. She had been HR director for SeraCare Life Sciences supporting offices in Frederick and in Gaithersburg. Petit has also worked as an HR Supervisor for Hughes Network Systems and an HR administrator with EU Services. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in business from University of Maryland, University College.

Health Care

Donald E. Ray has been appointed corporate compliance officer of Maryland General Hospital, of Baltimore. He will be responsible for ensuring that all of the hospital’s processes meet federal requirements. Ray, who is a lawyer, will remain vice president of operations, providing direction and support to the clinical ancillary and support departments including pharmacy, lab, respiratory therapy, radiology, environmental services, food & nutrition, materials management, patient transportation, and telecommunications.


Caroline Hook has been named vice president of Bonnie Heneson Communications, of Columbia and Owings Mills. Hook has nearly a decade of experience in the communications field. She had been director of event planning and senior account executive at the firm. Before that, she was communications coordinator at Oakcrest School in McLean, Va.


Michael McGurn has been named district sales manager of the Payroll Network, of Kensington, which provides payroll processing and HR services to companies in the Washington, D.C., region. McGurn will focus on sales for organizations with up to 100 employees in the Washington area. He previously worked for Boise Cascade/OfficeMax. McGurn has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Lisanti named to trail council

Mary Ann Lisanti has been appointed to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council, which consults with U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the National Park Service. Since serving as city manager of Havre de Grace from from 1997 to 2002 Lisanti has been executive director of Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, which has preserved historic resources, enhanced access to waterways, and built 22 miles of recreation trails connecting Harford and Cecil counties. She was elected to the Harford County Council in 2006. Lisanti is also on the Maryland Association of Counties’ Legislative Committee and the state’s Sustainable Growth Commission. She is chairwoman of the Local Government Advisory Committee of the Chesapeake Executive Council and a past president of the Maryland Association of City and County Managers.

Mary Ann Lisanti

Education: B.A., political science, College of Notre Dame of Maryland; master’s in public administration, Central Michigan University.

Resides in: Havre de Grace, Md.

Daily commute: 10 miles

Most recent vacation: Costa Rica

Hobbies: International travel; landscape and wildlife photography.

Favorite books: “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz.

Most recently read: “Unfurl Those Colors! McClellan, Sumner, & the Second Army Corps in the Antietam Campaign” by Marion V. Armstrong Jr.

Favorite food: Filet mignon encrusted with Danish blue cheese.

Favorite quotation: “Carpe diem!”